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Windows 7: How the Hell do you get surround sound in itunes?

02 Aug 2009   #1
Dorfdad

Windows 7 7264
 
 
How the Hell do you get surround sound in itunes?

Before I got hacking my system up and screwing something up I thought I would paste this out to the community and ask for some help.

I have a 5.1 Front,Center,Right and two surrounds rear left and right and want to enable surround sound in iTunes. I'm not concerned that the music is in stereo I just want it to play in all speakers if possible.

My games, etc work but all music in iTunes will only play in Left,Center,Right anyone know a way to force it to work?


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02 Aug 2009   #2
Anthony

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MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

I think you might need glasses
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02 Aug 2009   #3
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Have you installed the Realtek sound drivers and enabled Speaker fill in sound manager?

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02 Aug 2009   #4
Dorfdad

Windows 7 7264
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mr GRiM View Post
Have you installed the Realtek sound drivers and enabled Speaker fill in sound manager?

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No I just used the installed drivers from windows 7. Do I need to install a 3rd party add-on and is that recommended?

trying to keep un-necessary crap off this pc.

can you provide a link to windows 7 version?
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02 Aug 2009   #5
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

You should install the drivers for your board, if you don't have Realtek Audio then don't install Realtek drivers.

This is your Motherboard isn't it.

ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

And they also have Windows 7 drivers as well for your board here.

ASUSTeK Computer Inc.-Support-

And they are Realtek drivers as well, which are not 3rd party by the way.
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02 Aug 2009   #6
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

I recommend you download and install the chipset, audio and LAN drivers for your board if you want to get the most out of your computer, the generic drivers that are installed with windows are just to get you going, they are not going to optimize the performance of your computer.
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02 Aug 2009   #7
Dorfdad

Windows 7 7264
 
 

thanks MR. Grim I installed them and it does work however as soon as I installed them the speakers started to pop with static and crackle unless I tunr down the speakers any Idea wht this would do that?

Im using a creative 5.1 surround system (2 years old)
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02 Aug 2009   #8
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Enable the bass management and also test which speaker has the bass coming out of it, for some reason I have always had to use the option to swap center /subwoofer output, I also find on the sound effects tab if you select powerful it sounds heaps better.

And I usually adjust a few things on room adjustment to get it just right, it's better to have some music playing while you do it.
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02 Aug 2009   #9
Dorfdad

Windows 7 7264
 
 

Thanks again however that did not fix. However I found the fix and would like to post this in case anyone else has this problem.

Thanks to Grim I installed the correct drivers for my Motherboard (duh!) and once I did that I was getting a bunch of static whenever I did anything on the PC wiht no music playing etc. HDD, mouse moving etc.

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The cause of this interference is from the PC speaker, or rather, how the pass-through of the PC speaker to the onboard audio, is implemented. The onboard audio is automatically setup to receive PC speaker signals from your motherboard and route them to the outputs. This path was not very well isolated and as a result interference (EMI) from other system components can creep in, resulting in the noisy output from your speakers.
- Source

So the solution is pretty easy. Open control panel, sound click on speakers, properties,and than the levels tab.

Turn the PC Beep slider to ZERO all the way the left and Presto no more static and all other sounds work perfect.

Thanks to all those who helped me through this.
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02 Aug 2009   #10
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Your welcome mate, glad you have it sorted.
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